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Residents unhappy state will end Flint's free bottled water program

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Governor Rick Snyder announced this week the state's water bottle supply in Flint is set to end.

The decision comes after water tests have shown over the past two years it is below the current lead threshold but members of the Flint community are upset with the decision. 

"It’s just a lot of things like boil the water before you’re able to take a bath," said Ivbran Martin. "There is a lot to it, it’s really hard."

The state's water bottle supply in Flint is set to end and Martin isn't happy about it. 

Gov. Snyder announced the news Friday, April 6, citing that the city's water quality tested below or at action levels of the lead and copper rule for nearly two years. 

"It’s just not right they should have gave us a fair warning, maybe even a month and advance," Martin said. "Just to say it like that, that the pods are going to be closing. It’s just a lot especially when Flint is already bad. I see this causing a lot more chaos."

The four distribution sites, or PODs, will be close and access and functional needs deliveries will end once the current supply is spent. 

Water filters and replacement cartridges will still be available at city hall. 

Martin says even though he doesn't think bottle water services should end, he wants the folks in Flint to stay strong for the younger generations. 

"The kids are the future," Martin said. "Show the kids that there’s more to life than just bad water."

A State representative has told TV5 that the water distribution sites will remain open until all the water is handed out.

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